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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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9,677 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,677
Reviews: 2,799
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 180
Gots: 1,467 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001

Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU
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Photo of HoustonTX
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper color, pale white frothy head, good retention, and only small streams of lacing line the glass.

S - Hops and malted barley.

T - Initial taste is quick and strikes the palate at a fast pace. A malt backbone which is balanced by biting hops. Residual sweetness thrown into the mix. Along with floral, citrus peel, and earthy undertones from the hops. Finish is suprisingly dry and bready.

M - Crisp and a tad oily on the palate.

D - Excellent drinkability.

A classic example of the APA style. A must try.

Photo of JohnnyK
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TheTrevor
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light copper color with a big beige head and lots of visible carbonation. The smell is mostly floral and citrusy hops, very pleasant. The taste starts off with some sweet bready malt that gives way to some floral spicy hops and some malt comes back for the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, and probably one of the most popular beers in the style for a reason.

Photo of jlogan7
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of miadw3
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Prager62
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DannyDan
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a golden colored brew that has a white head with excellent retention, decent carbonation and very very good lacing that clings nicely to the side of my beer mug. The smell is of citrus, yeast and hops. The taste is a citrus taste at first followed by some malts and hops. It has a citrus after taste to it. the mouthfeel is a nice creamy smooth medium bodied beer with a nice crisp clean finish. This crisp clean finish also makes the beer a nice drinkable beer. I'm not a huge fan of the taste of this beer, but it does have a nice hoppy finish to it and it is worth trying for those that like this style of beer. However, a better beer to try in this style is Michigan Brewing's Mackinac Pale Ale.

Photo of joegard
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of domtronzero
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the most-frequently purchased beer i my household (between my wife and I). This is my staple beer, almost always found in my refrigerator.

Pours a beautifully clear, deep amber with a two finger, tightly packed head. Lacing is always left all over the glass. Aroma is piney and hoppy, with the cascade hops overpowering the aroma with its citrusey notes. Taste is very hoppy, but balanced well with toasted malts. Hints of caramel and toffe are noted, but mostly an herbal hoppy presence and a strong orange/grapefruit flavor. Exceptionally mouth filling, but easy drinking. Despite the slightly higher than average ABV, it is remarkably easy drinking. Perhaps the most well-crafted pale ale made in the USA. I strongly recommend this beer to everyone.

Photo of rkf1976
4/5  rDev -0.7%

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Jesse13713
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very whipped cream-like head with poor lacing. Pours a pale orangish yellow, almost a clear urine color.

Smell - Slight hop notes, but not much else is going on here.

Taste - Slight bitterness turns over to a sweet and smooth aftertaste. A delicious caramelized pine note that has a very smooth hoppy aftertaste. A well balanced lemon-squeeze aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Well balanced and smooth. Quite easily drinkable; so much so that I could easily drink a six pack in a night. I guess I would call this my 'go-to" beer.

Verdict - Defintely a tasty and delicious beer. When I'm just in the mood to have a beer in general, this is what I reach for. I have had it several times; bottled and on tap.

Photo of jcb7472
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of milkbone_underwear
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Alex5
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Seaba
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

About as well balanced as an ale can be. Along with Liberty Ale, about as good of an example of a classic American micro-ale. Pours a nice,
golden-to-amber color, foamy head, good retention. Nice lace throughout. Wonderfully fruity, hoppy aroma and taste. Not overly dry, despite the obvious hop presence. At 5.6% ABV, packs a decent little punch (the hops are noticeable, also) but quite drinkable. I have nothing negative to say about this beer at all.

Photo of SteveB24
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of freshcarl
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zerk
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer that created the APA style. Hazy peach color with a persistant lace, slightly sweet cascade hop aroma, and a crisp sweet / bitter balance. I love that I can find this beer just about anywhere... a wonderful, refreshing ale, and a true classic!

Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came to me a crystal clear golden yellow color that was teaming with tons of dancing bubbles of carbonation. The head that was produces was exactly 1 inch thick, pure white in color and was thick and creamy in nature. The head seemed to last a good way down the glass and produced a sheet like lace at the top and delicately designed lace as it traveled down the inside of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were of citrus hops, bitter hops, citrus fruit (lemons, grapefruit), and some sweet malts. The tastes that were produced were creamy in nature, good carbonation and the flavors that came out were of sweet malts, citrus hops, floral hops, fresh fruit (grapefruit), grass, and more hops. The combination of the sweet malt and the hops seemed to keep each other in good balance. It was crisp the whole way through and ended with slight hop dryness. It is a good beer and is a good choice if it is available and a good get when there is nothing good on tap at the local bar.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ZachRusk
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,677 ratings.